A complex design challenge, with numerous variables, led architect Rita Bellano to the Outdoor collection of Flaviker-Pi.Sa for an important project near Vancouver, Canada.
Outdoor has indeed proved to be the best solution, both technically and aesthetically, to address the critical issues of the outdoor pools of the Lost Lake Lodge, one of the most exclusive resorts on the North American continent, located in the area of the Whistler Mountains.
The stylish patio outside the hotel, with swimming pool and hot tub, had serious problems resulting from the deterioration of the concrete. Moreover, the designer had an obligation to use only materials and green technologies with minimal environmental impact.
During a visit to Italy the owner of the property discovered the undoubted advantages of ceramic stoneware porcelain by Flaviker-Pi.Sa that, in combination with a new floor heating system, has brought excellent results in aesthetics and technical functionality.
It transpired that the Outdoor collection, which is inspired by porphyry, was the best solution to solve problems arising from the particular climatic conditions in Canada, largely because of its technical characteristics.
Outdoor guarantees high resistance to frost and slipping and the surface combines these characteristics with a soft and pleasant touch that is also very easy to clean.
Outdoor is a tile that was accepted by the British Columbia Health Code, the Canadian organisation for the control of safety in public spaces, and the success of this project was instrumental in setting new standards for the construction of swimming pools and spas in Canada.
Outdoor has won the challenge from the point of view of aesthetics; the installation of the pool and hot tub has been designed for creating a feeling of constant rotation, like planets orbiting, an effect that reaches the maximum expressiveness when viewed from the hotel suites above.
Natural porphyry has always been a strong stone for exterior applications, resistant to colder weather as well as heat. With this collection, Flaviker-Pi.Sa follows perfectly the intense complexity of the natural stone material through brilliant shades that reproduce its glassy microcrystalline texture by creating – through the most advanced ceramic technology – a full-body product.
Due to its slip resistance, Outdoor is ideal for external applications, and offers fascinating developments in perspective. The collection is also suitable for the needs of contemporary architecture; in a brushed version it adds a new perspective for interior design.
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